Construction of this school building completed in 1888 was designed and supervised by Kisaburo Yamazoe. It is U-shaped with hexagonal entrances at both ends and an atrium-style entrance and balcony in the center of the building. The quasi-Western-style building mixes traditional Japanese aspects and the western-style design being introduced throughout Japan at the time.
The construction is exceptionally sound and durable even to this day.
Another quasi-Western-style building by Yamazoe is the nearby Historic Toyoma Police Station, a Miyagi Prefecture-designated tangible cultural property. The framework was completed in 1888. The building is distinctive for structure and design that cleverly incorporate Western-style elements.
The balcony is decorated with Grecian column heads and pediment adornments to give it a western design. On the other hand, traditional Japanese elements can also be seen, such as the interior ceilings and tatami-mat rooms.
The hexagonal entrances at the ends of both wings are called roppo. In these rooms alone the ceilings are not boarded, but instead the complex wood joinery is displayed. The designer likely wanted to show his advanced skills.
In the Meiji period, the region that held jurisdiction over northern Miyagi prefecture and southern Iwate prefecture was called Tome prefecture, and the prefectural office was established in this town. The site remains as a museum.
Aburafudon is the local specialty in the Tome neighborhood of Tome City! The popular local specialty is made with highly nutritional, healthy aburafu (fried bread-like wheat gluten) on rice and is as filling as pork cutlet on rice.
|Address||6 Sakurakoji, Toyomamachi Teraike, Tome, Miyagi|
|Access||Approx. 5 min. from Sanriku Expressway Tome IC
Get off at Toyoma Meiji Mura (expressway passenger bus)
|MAPCODE||105 858 269|
About the MAP CODE
Enter the MAP CODE as the destination into your car navigation system.
*MAP CODE is a registered trademark of Denso Corporation.